Do I need to make an appointment to apply for a NM driver license? New Mexico

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Learn About New Mexico Drivers License Appointments

New Mexico’s Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) does not require you to make an appointment to take a written license test or driving test to receive your drivers license.

Find a Motor Vehicles Division Office


To avoid long lines at the NM MVD office, you are encouraged to visit the office early. Additionally, private NM MVD offices offer the same driver license services that are offered at public MVD sites.

Waiting lines might be shorter at the private locations. However, these offices charge administrative fees that public MVD offices do not charge.

The MVD website list public and private offices under Maps and Locations. Type in your zip code to find an office near you. Click on the blue icon to obtain MVD telephone numbers and hours of operation.

About License Tests and Documentation


Grab a copy of the current NM driver’s manual so you can study to take written and driving tests to receive your drivers license. Data that the written and road tests cover is included in the NM driver’s manual.

Take a practice test based on the information in the manual before you take the actual written and road tests. You can download a copy of the manual off the MVD website.

Bring proof of residency (i.e. utility bills, mortgage agreements) and proof of United States citizenship (i.e. military photo identification card, Social Security card) with you to the MVD office. You will also need documents that prove your identity (i.e. birth certificate).

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